Alexander Zverev retires hurt against Rafael Nadal in the French Open semi-final, bringing a heartbreaking end to a thrilling match.
Zverev was trailing the match 6-7, 6-6 when he suffered a fall.
The German had to leave the court on a wheelchair after he turned his right ankle when tracking down a Nadal forehand deep behind the baseline.
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“Very tough. Very sad for him, honestly,” Nadal, celebrating his 36th birthday on Friday, said.
“He was playing an unbelievable tournament. To see him crying there is a very tough moment. All the best to him.”
In a three-hour physical clash, both players looked to dictate with their heavy-hitting as they pulled each other around in front of a vocal crowd.
Nadal saved four set points in the tie-break, battling back from 2-6 to clinch a mammoth first set after one hour and 31 minutes.
Zverev served for the second set as well, at 3-5, but lost his nerve. The 6’6 German served three double faults to gift the game.
Devastatingly for Zverev though, he could not continue after suffering an injury to his ankle in the last point of the 11th game of the second set.
The 25-year-old returned to court on crutches, where he hugged the Spaniard, before receiving a standing ovation.